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Laguna Lodge Tortuguero
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

We were not disappointed. From the mandatory river boat transport, in the rain, seeing some wildlife, including that one monkey... To tortoises laying eggs in the light of the moon, to the humongous and close tropical thunder and lightning sworn to the quaint little town tour, was all amazing. People were fantastic, we loved the pools, rooms were rustic, food was good... Def a must do.

Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

My partner and I stayed at Laguna Lodge in June 2013 . If its wildlife you are looking for this is the place to go. The accommodation is basic ,but its clean and comfortable. At this time of year the ceiling fan was adequate in keeping us cool at night . Our guide Mario was fantastic . With his knowledge and experience we were able to see so much wildlife. The highlight being the turtles and the amazing tree frogs !! Which I really don't think we would have found without Mario . Did not realize just how small these stunning frogs are ! This place was better than we expected ,only wish we could have stayed a little longer .

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Reviewed 28 July 2013

Our stay at the Laguna Lodge was a highlight of our stay in Costa Rica. It is so ecofriendly without being uncomfortable. Our boat tours in the rainforest with Luis as our guide were great. Lots of wildlife. We had the amazing experience during our stay to witness two giant sea turtles lay their eggs on the beach. This is coordinated with the government and is done in small groups.
The pools are very nice. The resort is very clean. The food is good.
The town of Tortuguero is not worth visiting. Stay at the pool and stay cool!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 July 2013

This was our second time to Tortuguero National Park. Our previous stay was at Pachira Lodge.
Laguna Lodge does not have the exotic setting as other lodges in the area. Little wild life viewing compared to other lodges. Staff seemed to be bored, especially the wild life guides. THe cabins were more like old motels instead of individual rustic cabins.

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Reviewed 24 July 2013

When you come to Tortuguero, you know you are going for the animal sightings and flora, not for a luxurious room. Therefore, our small, hot and rustic cabin wasn't a surprise or a disappointment. The beds were comfortable and the fan worked mighty hard to keep us from sweltering. Each cabin has a comfortable porch with leather and wood rocking chairs which we enjoyed immensely. Two generous sized pools provided adequate refreshment in the heat. The property is lovely,bound on one side by the Tortuguero River and on the other by the Caribbean Sea. Early morning walks revealed Green Turtle tracks and nests. We awoke to the call of howler monkeys and were able to see sloths, cappucino monkeys, spider monkeys, red tree frogs, sea turtles and tons of iguanas! The Laguna Lodge bar was a friendly place to congregate and the food was very, very good. I especially liked the enthusiastic waiter who poured two beverages at a time with art and flair. Service was competent and friendly. One of the staff cut down fresh young coconuts for us in the mornings so we could have a delicious drink and even called us over to their lovely garden to help us spot red eyed tree frogs on leaves and porcupines sleeping in the palm trees. The only minor setback for me was that our safe was not functioning correctly, The staff took care of this immediately, moving us to a comparable room, no questions asked. One recommendation would be to add a bit of lighting in the cabins. There is only one dim bulb and it made it impossible to see well once the sun set. Aside from that, I really loved this property!

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Reviewed 16 July 2013

If you're going to Laguna Lodge to be close to nature, it's wonderful. The grounds themselves have a butterfly garden, frog habitat, geckos, and bats that cling to the inside of one area in the "welcome center." With the river on one side and the coastline on the other of the property, you see shorebirds, wading birds, and other tropical birds on the property. The boisterous Oropendula flies in and out of hanging nests in the palms. Two nice pools. The grounds are clean and well-kept; the meals average to good. There are no vending machines for drinks or snacks; all food must be purchased at the restaurant or bar area. The rooms reminded me of The Parent Trap or camp we went to as youngsters. Very thin walls. Very modest design; bathroom not well lighted for applying any type of makeup. Fairly rustic, but clean. It's a go!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 June 2013

We hadn't quite been sure what to expect, but this was a wonderful trip. Yuri picked us up early at our hotel in San Jose and drove us to a nice restaurant for breakfast -- there's a butterfly garden in the back yard of the restaurant -- don't miss it! I'll review that place separately.
We were supposed to have met 3 other people at the restaurant but they never showed up so Yuri was our private guide for three days!
We took the boat to the lodge -- were met with cool wet washcloths to cleanse our faces and hands and fruit drinks. Our rooms were right next to the butterfly garden and frog garden and swimming pool We were three generations and everybody loved the pool. There is a separate pool for adults, so we had it to ourselves since we had 3 kids.
It was wonderful listening to the ocean waves and the frogs while falling asleep..... then awakening to birds.... Can't swim in the ocean, but it was only about 2 minutes walk from our rooms. The food and drinks were great great great -- the tours of the botanical garden, national park and village of Tortuguero were great great great! The only disappointment was the hannock pavillion. It's right next to a workshop apparently so I think I could hear a circular saw the whole time I was trying to rest.
If you are lucky, you will get Yuri -- it is AMAZING how he could find the blue jean frog -- the sloths -- the monkeys -- the red-eyed green tree frog -- the birds........ We LOVED this place and Yuri!

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Address: | between the Caribbean Sea and Tortuguero Lagoon, Tortuguero 2015, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Tortuguero
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Ranked #1 of 36 Speciality Lodging in Tortuguero
Price Range: £217 - £407 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Laguna Lodge Tortuguero 3*
Number of rooms: 52
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